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Renderings: College Park officials mull new 420-acre vision for ‘Airport City’

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They’ve upsized since bringing aboard a new master developer

a rendering of the proposed project
The overarching plan officials have been considering since earlier this summer.
Renderings: City of College Park

The gargantuan undertaking of enlivening hundreds of acres of no-man’s-land just west of the world’s busiest airport could be getting even larger.

Earlier this year, College Park officials announced crews could break ground on a 320-acre mixed-use development dubbed “Airport City” this summer.

Now, paired with a new master developer, the City of College park is considering revised plans that call for 420 acres to be built out with hundreds of millions of dollars of new construction.

The city had parted ways with potential master developer AAC Group. In February, municipal leaders enlisted Atlanta-based architecture firm Sizemore Group to spearhead the colossal project.

The first phase of development alone could be valued at more than $700 million, College Park Economic Development Director Artie Jones III told the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The second phase and those that would come later, he added, could surpass $1.5 billion.

The mammoth development, sited just west of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on the north side of Camp Creek Parkway, is now projected to deliver almost 5 million square feet of Class A office space, up to six hotels, and more than 750,000 square feet of restaurants and retail.

It’s also expected to feature a 5K trail loop for walkers and runners, according to the paper.

The growth of the proposed project’s footprint stems from the decision to include more public land in the development, including parts of the College Park Golf Course.

Airport City’s creation could also entail upwards of $50 million in road and drainage infrastructure construction, according to a masterplan draft from June.

It’s still unclear when shovels could hit the dirt, but College Park’s city council is scheduled to discuss Sizemore’s vision in more detail during its August 5 meeting.

An overview. The airport is situated primarily to the bottom right here, divided by Interstate 85.
At bottom left is the Georgia International Convention Center and new Atlanta Hawks facility.